Antenatal and Postnatal care

Antenatal Care

The practice provides joint antenatal care alongside the community midwives. Our community midwives are based at West Chessington Children’s Centre.

To book appointments please call 020 8399 1098. Appointments are available on Tuesday afternoons 13:00 – 16:00.

Have you just found out you are pregnant?

You can self-refer to the hospital through the following link, there is no need to see a GP first: www.kingstonmaternity.org.uk/your-pregnancy/im-pregnant-what-next.aspx

You can also find out lots of useful information, including how to calculate your estimated delivery date and how to keep well in pregnancy by visiting the NHS Choices Your Pregnancy and baby guide: www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby.

Postnatal Classes

Postnatal appointments can be booked with the doctor at any time. When making a postnatal appointment, please advise the receptionist at the time of booking as the appointment is longer in length. You should have a postnatal check about six weeks after giving birth to make sure you are feeling well and are recovering properly.  

If you would like more information on the postnatal check you can view information at www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/postnatal-check.  

You will be asked how you are feeling as part of a general discussion about your mental health and wellbeing.  It is important to look after your emotional well-being at any time, but during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby you will be more vulnerable to some of the common mental health problems that can impact on you and your baby.

These problems are treatable so if you think that you are experiencing any of these, please talk to the GP, health visitors or contact ICope: www.kingston.icope.nhs.uk.  

Kingston ICope offers treatment for a range of psychological problems and is for all adults registered with a Kingston GP.  You can self-refer to this service by completing the self-referral form on their website, by telephone on 0203 317 7850 or by email at cim-tr.kingston-iCope@nhs.net.  Your GP can also refer you should you wish to discuss any concerns with them first.

Antenatal Classes

The practice provides free antenatal classes to all our registered patients. The Practice offers a unique service for expectant parents – parentcraft classes delivered by practitioners trained by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

Evening sessions are run regularly at The Orchard Practice or at our sister practice The Churchill Medical Centre in Kingston. They offer a unique approach to ante-natal classes and are an ideal way to get to know other local families.  The classes are run by Barbara Kott, an NCT qualified practitioner with many years’ experience. 

You can contact Hilary on 020 8339 9577 to book on to a course or find out more information.  Alternatively, speak to the surgery reception team for further information.

Book early to avoid disappointment, but please wait until your pregnancy has been confirmed. Not sure about what you want to do next?  All of our GPs are able to talk through your options with you, or you can explore your choices at the link below.